Kaleidoscope Conference 2021

October 8th and 9th 2021 in the Greek Multicultural Room (fourth floor)

800 Langdon St, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706-1419

Feel welcome to browse the contents of our site, which will be updated periodically. Check out this year’s keynotes and feel free to reach out to any of the co-chairs if you have any questions.

Kaleidoscope Program

“I” denotes the speaker is planning to attend in person, “O” denotes online participation. Presentation modalities may change.

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Note: Click on each panel to find more information about each presentation ☟

  • Ellen W. Sapega, Chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese (I)
  • David J. Hildner, Professor Emeritus (O)
  • Co-Chairs: Felipe Moraga, Luke Urbain, L. Fernando-Vázquez (I)
  • Jacob Wilkenfield (O, Northwestern University), “Wrestling with Religion in Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint (1969) and Moacyr Scliar’s Os Deuses de Raquel [The Gods of Raquel] (1975)”
  •  Mariana Oliveira (O, UW-Madison), “Brazil meets Cape Verde in the poetry of Jorge Barbosa”
  • Arcadio Bolaños (I, UC-Davis), “Uprooted affection in ‘El rastro de tu sangre en la nieve’, by García Márquez”
  • Moderator: Levi Cross (I, UW-Madison)
  • María Hernández González (O, University of Florida), “La identidad cultural mexicana a través de la violencia en Cartucho de Nellie Campobello”
  • Edgar Ulloa Lujan (O, Georgetown University), “La ‘Estética Narco-orientalista’ en el cine mexicano desde 1920 hasta nuestros días: la representación cinematográfica estereotipada y negativa del chivo expiatorio en el mundo del narcotráfico”
  • Sabina Madrid-Malloy (I, UW-Madison), “Remembering and Reclaiming Humanity in Violeta Luna’s Requiem Series”
  • Moderator:  L. Fernando Vázquez (I, UW-Madison)
  • Rachelle Wilson (O, UW-Madison), “Species Loneliness: the deconstruction of self, nature and employment in post – 2008 Spain”
  • Romy Yanahí Cerón Canché (O, University of Arizona), “Subjetividad indígena y privatización del agua en sus territorios”
  • Jamie de Moya-Cotter (I, UW-Madison), “Andean Futures: Interspecies Place-Making and Slow Violence in Óscar Catacora’s Wiñaypacha
  • Moderator: Pablo Pastore (I, UW-Madison)
  • Mónica Vega González (O, University of Indiana, Bloomington), “Reconstruyendo el espacio en movimiento: una apuesta creativa para expandir el concepto de Latinidad
  • Analiz Faife Casas (O, University of Florida), “Un rizoma latinoamericano: la mujer indígena”
  • Ariel Arjona (O, University of Minnesota Twin Cities), “Ontología del ser revolucionario en Cuba desde 1959”
  • Moderator: Pedro de Jesús Gonzales Durán (UW-Madison)

Yomaira C. Figueroa (O), Associate Professor of Global Diaspora Studies, Michigan State University, “Decolonizing Diasporas & Reading Afro-Atlantics in Relation”

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Note: Click on each panel to find more information about each presentation ☟

  • Carlos Andrés Rojas (I, UW-Madison), “Computerized Pronunciation Training of Spanish Rhotics”
  • Erwin Lares (I, UW-Madison), “Loss of Aspectual Features in Idiomatic Phrases”
  • Moderator: ​​Álex Lara (I, UW-Madison)

Patrícia Amaral (O), Associate Professor of Linguistics, Indiana University Bloomington, “Fake Facts and True Feats in the History of Spanish and Portuguese”

  • McKenna Middleton (O, University of California Irvine), “The Maternal Repertoire in Mercé Rodoreda’s La Plaza del Diamante
  • Ana María Tudela Martínez (I, University of Nebraska-Lincoln), “Las que se atrevieron: Some Examples of the Internalization of the Exiled Sentiment”
  • Jenny Jeong (I, UW-Madison),  “Querying Motherhood: Cornelia’s Breastfeeding Scene in Cervantes’ La Señora Cornelia
  • Moderator: Sabina Madrid-Malloy (I, UW-Madison)
  • Brayan Serratos (O, Vanderbilt University), “La transculturación de la iconografía en los manuscritos mexicanos: la reproducción del guerrero vencido a través de varios documentos precolombinos y textos coloniales”
  • Rudy Pradenas (O, University of Michigan), “Francisco de Vitoria y el origen del gobierno. Teología, derecho y desarraigo en el Nuevo Mundo”
  • Matías Larramendi-Salvat (I, University of Michigan), “La acumulación primitiva en las colonias americanas: una breve conversación entre De Acosta y Marx”
  • Moderator: Denise Castillo (I, UW-Madison)
  • Alexander Korte (O, University of Minnesota Twin Cities), “A Foot on Both Shores: Renegades and Religion in Cervantine captivity tales”
  • Mark Radomski (O, UW-Madison), “El río Guadalquivir como protagonista central en el Recibimiento que hizo la muy noble y muy leal ciudad de Sevilla a la C.R.M. del rey D. Felipe II
  • John Giblin (I, UW-Madison), “Picaresque Actors: Linguistic Self-Fashioning in El viaje entretenido by Agustín de Rojas Villandrando”
  • Jorge Hernández (I, UW-Madison), “Subjetividad e individualidad en el “estudiado descuido” epistolar de Garcilaso de la Vega”
  • Moderator: Jenny Jeong (I, UW-Madison)

Enrique García Santo-Tomás (O), Professor of Early Modern Spanish Literature, University of Michigan, “Comunidad y origen en Madrid llorando (1691) de Francisco Santos”

7:00-10:00pm CT: Reception in Fluno Center (Greek Multicultural Room, 8th Floor)

601 University Ave, Madison, WI 53715-1035

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Covid-19 precautions:

Per current campus policy, all students, employees, and visitors to campus are required to wear masks when inside campus buildings, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. For more information, please visit our Covid Policy page.

Land Acknowledgement

Photo by Bryce Richter of a plaque identifying an effigy mound in the shape of a bird near Observatory Hill.

In 2019, UW-Madison made the following acknowledgement as part of an initiative called Our Shared Future. It reads:

The University of Wisconsin–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin. This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation. Today, UW–Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.

As organizers, we would also like to further call attention to the fact that the language building, Van Hise Hall, sits atop monumental funereal architecture of the Ho-Chunk. The second-floor entrance to Memorial Union, where the conference takes place, glibly invokes peace pipes and romanticized stereotypical images in the ceiling murals, which were left intact during a recent restoration for their possible pedagogical value.

The practice of land acknowledgement is a small act in the interest of the increased sovereignty and agency of indigenous and aboriginal peoples, as well as Black people and people of color who have been dispossessed of their land. Even if acknowledgement of past and present injustices perpetrated by land theft and occupation alone is insufficient, it remains a vital part of fighting for rights, reparations, and decolonization of the lands of indigenous and aboriginal peoples.